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Launch School

Average Rating4.84
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Launch School is an online program for studious beginners whose goal is to become professional developers. The program focuses on fundamentals of programming and software engineering including core problem solving, programming language fundamentals, object-oriented programming, networking, databases, and guides students through a structured path of building up proficiency in software development.  The program consists of two main phases: Core Curriculum and Capstone. ...

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  • Josh
    Josh
    Graduate • Core Curriculum • Online
    Jan 28, 2021
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    I was promoted after learning and finishing the Core curriculum.

    I remember starting Launch School almost two years ago in 2018, about the same time that I started a new job. I was already working in tech as an IT Systems Administrator, but I wanted to propel my career into something more fulfilling where I could not maintain systems all day. I wanted to get out of the grind of a cost centric job and propel myself into something that provided more value to the business. After dabbling for years, trying to find a program that worked for me, and never f...
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  • Jeremy
    Jeremy
    Graduate • Core Curriculum • Online
    Jan 25, 2021
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    In-Depth Curriculum, Extremely Knowledgeable TAs, Extensive Assessments, and High-Caliber Students

    I'm early on in starting my software development career, as I graduated Launch School's Core Curriculum just a couple weeks ago. I'm busy preparing my portfolio, seeking out open source projects, and expanding my network. That being said, I am already aware of how Launch School has given me the skills to analyze new problems and grasp how different programming pieces fit together.
    In my opinion, the best features of Launch School are the in-depth curriculum, extr...
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  • Melissa M.
    Melissa M.
    Software Engineer II • Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
    Nov 29, 2020
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    An Incredible Community for Web Development Education

    Launch School focuses on the fundamentals - things that don't change even as frameworks and libraries rise and fall in popularity. Mastering this base knowledge set me up to more easily adopt new languages and frameworks and expand my understanding to more advanced, integrated concepts.

    Launch School emphasizes breaking challenges down into smaller pieces and examining them from various angles. They provide a framework for developing and updating your own mental models...
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  • Tiffany Han
    Tiffany Han
    Software Engineer • Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
    May 23, 2020
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    Capstone Exceeded My Expectations

    If you’re a Launch School student, you already know that the curriculum and instructors are top notch. As a Capstone student, you can expect the same level of pedagogy, rigor, and thoughtfulness. The only difference is that Capstone is several times over more intense, more interactive, and even more personalized.

    Before my cohort started, I had many worries. Would the remote nature of the program result in a diminished learning experience? Would very recent changes to ...
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  • Daniel Roth
    Daniel Roth
    Software Engineer • Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
    May 09, 2020
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    More than a bootcamp

    It's hard to overestimate the role Launch School's Capstone and the Core Curriculum programs played in me getting my first full time tech job. No part of this was quick and easy - but it was absolutely worth it.

    If I had to summarize the experience in way too few words, I would say the Core Curriculum had taught me how to think as a developer, and Capstone taught me everything I might need to do well in the current job market. Now, I don't say 'everything' lightly. Thi...
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  • Ying Chyi Gooi
    Ying Chyi Gooi
    Engineer • Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
    May 02, 2020
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    Landed a Job at DigitalOcean

    My college degree in Actuarial Science did not prepare me well enough to land a job in the field. I was stuck working in a role that required only a high school degree. That went on for a full year. I was able to pay my bills and have some savings, but I realized that I wasn't happy at my job - it lacked meaning. That's when I started looking elsewhere - into tech and into programming. I eventually found Launch School.

    Launch School is one of the best decisions that I ...
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  • Josh
    Josh
    Graduate • The Capstone Program • Online
    May 01, 2020
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    Trust The Process, Results Will Follow

    When I started my journey into programming I quickly realized that there was a million resources out there and very little structure. I was constantly battling the questions of "what should I focus on and to what depth?". In addition, I saw a lot of flashy quick-turnaround solutions flooding the marketplace. My intuition told me that programming was a difficult undertaking and that cramming all that I would need to know into a 3 - 6 month window seemed too good to be true. Fortunately, d...
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  • Steven S
    Steven S
    Senior Software Engineer • Graduate • Core Curriculum • Online
    May 01, 2020
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    The guaranteed (but slow) path to success

    When gyms advertise "Train here to get lean and jacked within 10 weeks!", most of us roll our eyes and are skeptical. But coding bootcamps do the exact same thing and people bite. 

    LaunchSchool is the "boring" coach that tells you to follow a longer path but you'll 100% get into the best shape of your life. And trust me, it works.

    If you want to land the best jobs in the tech industry without having to go through a 4 year computer science degree, LaunchSchool will help you ...
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  • Sean D
    Sean D
    Full Stack Developer • Student • Online
    Apr 11, 2020
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    Opaque grading policies marred by hidden criteria

    I wanted to give Launch School a high rating. As a developer with 3 years experience, I came into the program to iron out my weak points rather than learn programming from the beginning. But after taking, and not passing Launch School's written assessments multiple times, I've lost confidence that their grading scheme is fair.

    The `this` keyword is one of the most complex subjects in vanilla Javascript. I spent several days learning its rules from several sources, including Launch...
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    Chris Lee of Launch School

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    May 01, 2020

    I started writing a response and it turned out really long, so I posted it on my Medium account. Please take a look and feel free to reach out if there are any additional questions (hello@launchschool.com). 

    https://medium.com/launch-school/our-first-non-five-star-review-cad827b1484c

  • Florence
    Florence
    Back-end Engineer • Graduate • Core Curriculum • Online
    Jun 25, 2019
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    The online learning program with best value in the market

    I would say Launch School helped me build my confidence in programming and helped transform me into a software engineer with my non-technical background.

    The self-paced course with a very low cost allowed me to learn to code with more flexibility while I also had a job at the time. Yes, it might take you a longer time to finish the core curriculum. If you aim to get a developer job within a very short period in 3 - 4 months, you might be hesitant to join Launch School. However, b...

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  • jevon d hayter
    jevon d hayter
    Systems Analyst • Student • Core Curriculum • Online
    Apr 06, 2018
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    A message from the guy who graduated college and couldn't write one line of code!

    I'm going to get to the point. Did Launch School prepare me for a job in the industry?    At my job as a Systems Analyst we use a reporting tool to make query's to our database. After taking the database course and learning SQL at Launch School I know everything the tool is doing and why.    The basic principles of programming that I learned at Launch School have been priceless. We code in a proprietary language for a enterprise appl...
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  • Tommy Caruso
    Tommy Caruso
    Software Engineer • Graduate • Core Curriculum • Online
    Mar 15, 2018
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    Slow path with a big payoff

    I was starting my final year of a CS degree and I had been diligently learning to code outside of school for the past year.  I would work through a new tutorial or follow along with the code examples in the latest book that I bought and feel pretty good about what I thought I knew.  Unfortunately, when I would open a new text editor and try to create a new project from scratch I would just sit there frozen.  I just could not get to a point where I could apply what I was learning in a mea...
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FAQs

How much does Launch School cost?

Launch School costs around $199. On the lower end, some Launch School courses like The Capstone Program cost $0.

What courses does Launch School teach?

Launch School offers courses like Core Curriculum, The Capstone Program.

Where does Launch School have campuses?

Launch School teaches students Online in a remote classroom.

Is Launch School worth it?

Launch School hasn't shared alumni outcomes yet, but one way to determine if a bootcamp is worth it is by reading alumni reviews. 92 Launch School alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed Launch School on Course Report - you should start there!

Is Launch School legit?

We let alumni answer that question. 92 Launch School alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed Launch School and rate their overall experience a 4.84 out of 5.

Does Launch School offer scholarships or accept the GI Bill?

Right now, it doesn't look like Launch School offers scholarships or accepts the GI Bill. We're always adding to the list of schools that do offer Exclusive Course Report Scholarships and a list of the bootcamps that accept the GI Bill.

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You can read 92 reviews of Launch School on Course Report! Launch School alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed Launch School and rate their overall experience a 4.84 out of 5.

Is Launch School accredited?

While bootcamps must be approved to operate, accreditation is relatively rare. Launch School doesn't yet share information about their accreditation status.

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